Wednesday, April 11, 2012 04:34
Every Real Car Guy with a pulse has at some point said, “Man, I’d give my right arm to drive an exotic sports car like a Lamborghini or a Ferrari!” despite the impracticality of sacrificing a limb you’d need to drive the car in the first place. But thanks to Gotham Dream Cars’ Dream Car Sprint, you don’t need surgery to slide behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Gallardo or a Ferrari F430––a hundred bucks will do the trick.
There’s a trick to the trick, however, and that’s a limited amount of time at the controls––five minutes if you take your time (but where’s the fun in that?)––and you can drive only on an autocross track laid out in the parking lot of the New Jersey Meadowlands stadium. You get three laps at the wheel or, if you’re under 21, in the passenger seat while a professional driver does his best to scare the wits out of you.
You don’t need special insurance, and you don’t even need to know how to drive a stick, since the cars are equipped with semi-automatic gearboxes. And so you can prove to your buddies that you really did redline a Ferrari, your driving experience will be captured on video by two cameras, one facing the track and the other recording the smile of delight/look of terror on your face.
Right now the Dream Car Sprint is taking reservations only from people who have purchased coupons from Groupon, TravelZoo, and other daily deal sites. That’s also the only way to get the $100 ride. Gotham Dream Cars will be opening up reservations to non-coupon holders soon for $249, which is still a smokin’ deal for tossing an exotic Italian sports car around an autocross course.